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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in thailand have received their first food and medical treatment for 10 days. this is still a huge operation, with large numbers of people coming in to help an operation which has achieved a remarkable success, but still doesn't have an answer as to how they are going to get those boys out of the caves. and i'm olly foster in moscow, at the world cup, where the quarter—final line—up is now complete, england taking their place in the last eight with a penalty shootout win against colombia. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: former malaysian prime minister najib razak is due to be charged in the next few hours under anti—corruption laws. fears of a crackdown on press freedom in pakistan with just weeks to go until the election. good morning.
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it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london and 7am in chiang rai, thailand, where rescuers are trying to work out how to free 12 boys and their football coach from the flooded caves where they've been trapped for more than ten days. divers have been searching the complex cave network in northern thailand, working in difficult conditions. but there's no easy way to get them out. they will either have to learn to swim out using diving equipment or stay there for weeks, maybe months, until the floodwaters recede. our correspondent jonathan head reports. there's a renewed sense of mission here now. for the first time in ten days,
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they know where the boys are, and they know they are alive. a constant flow of divers moves in and out of the caves. they are stocking food and equipment underground, preparing for what could be a long and difficult rescue. the boys were all members of a football team coached by nopparat khanthavong. it was his assistant who went with them that day. translation: in my heart, all i could think about for the last nine days was, is there any way, is there anyone who can somehow get those guys out? it fell to two british divers to rescue them. this extraordinary video captures the momentjohn volanthen and rick stanton saw the missing children perched on a muddy ledge above the water.
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they left them promising more help. today the children were visited by thai navy divers and had their first food and medical treatment. they are said to be in surprisingly good health. the two british men are among the world's most experienced and daring cave divers, a highly specialised field. in 2004, they made a record—breaking exploration of wookey hole in somerset, reaching new depths. their friend and photographer, martyn farr, talked about their achievement in thailand. i feel emotional about it now. but then, wow, you think, this is fantastic. those boys, have had a hard nine, ten days underground,
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and now they've got the best guys there are. sojohn and rick, you know, they are calm, they are very collected, they are very organised, extremely disciplined, and consummate professionals. it's not clear yet how the boys can be brought out. the thai authorities are pumping as much water as they can from the caves, but more rain is on the way. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. now to the world cup, and england have gone through to the quarter—finals, beating colombia 4—3 on penalties in a nailbiting finish. the swedes earlier beat switzerland 1—0. 0lly foster is in moscow. he told me the latest. we thought they'd blown it, but
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england winning their first world cup penalty shootout. as you know, england have been haunted for decades with memories of failed penalty shootouts. they'd never won one in three world cups, this therefore against colombia. —— this their fourth against colombia. harry kane had given them the lead in normal time, but colombia equalled in injury time. it went to extra time, and then those dreaded penalties, and we just thought that — welcome that it's going to be the same old story, especially when jordan henderson had his penalty saved, but then colombia missed their next two, not just missed, butjordan pickford with a wonderful save, and it all went down to eric dyer, the tottenham man, the fifth taker in that shootout, and he was ice cool. england have been practising penalties, and it really showed when he came to take his, and there was an outpouring ofjoy and emotion, the biggest bundle you will ever see
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on a football pitch. the colombians were distraught. the colombians were really practising some of the dark arts. they picked up a lot of yellow cards as they unsettled england, but england just about the deserving winners. but we just wish it hadn't gone to penalties. but now it goes to a quarter—final, theirfirst in 12 years. they've got the swedes on saturday, and if you want me to shred your nerves a little bit more england, on the soft side of the draw, two matches away from a world cup final — how about that? so exciting! a word about sweden and switzerland, an interesting one as well — a clash that hadn't been quite as common for these two to meet in a draw like this. they'd never met before in a major championship, which was amazing, wasn't it? it was 1—0 to the swedes. it was this deflected goal in the second half, not the greatest match for the last 16, but i think it compares badly because, over the last four days,
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we have seen some of the great matches at a world cup. this world cup has been amazing. i know it's a common thing every four years to say, "my word, this is the best world cup we've seen," but some of those shocks — germany going out, not even in the last 16. the first match, france knocking out argentina 4—3, three penalty shootouts. finally england winning one of theirs that the world cup. we have two rest days now. i'm going to need them, the players will need them. it's going to be quite a quarter—final lineup. more on the world cup coming up later this hour on sport today. also this hour: the indian government has asked whatsapp to take action to prevent false texts and provocative content that have led to a series of lynchings. false messages and videos about child abductors on the messaging service have led to at least 15 people being killed. india is whatsapp‘s biggest market with more than 200 million users. confusion reigns in the highest levels of poland's judiciary. the 65—year—old chief justice gersdorf,
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has said she'll defy a new law coming into force requiring judges to retire at 65, not 70. she said she would turn up for work on wednesday as usual. speaking at a demonstration outside court earlier, she thanked her supporters: translation: as far as my status is concerned, it has not changed after talks with the president. tomorrow i'll come to work. i have a six—year term in accordance with the constitution and i have to act in accordance with the constitution. i've appointed a judge to perform duties in my absence because i intend to go on vacation. i think i deserve it. private emails sent and received by google mail users can sometimes be read by staff at third—party app developers. google said only companies that had been vetted could access messages. and only if users had "explicitly granted permission to access email". let's catch up on all the tennis action, and maria sharapova
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suffered her first opening round wimbledon defeat, and 2014 winner petra kvitova was beaten by world number 50 aliaksandra sasnovich. and two—time men's champion rafael nadal and three—time winner novak djokovic eased into the second round. more on all the action from wimbledon coming up in sport today. within the hour, former malaysian prime minister najib razak is expected to be charged with corruption offences. mr najib was arrested on tuesday over allegations he pocketed hundreds of millions of dollars from the state development fund 1mdb. he has been under investigation since his shock election loss in may. earlier, he tweeted a video in which he urged malaysians not to believe all the allegations against him. let's take a look.
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in the video, set over sad music and images of him praying, meeting his mother, and the raid at his home, the former prime minister admits that there had been weaknesses and apologises. he says: "yes, i am not perfect, like any normal person. but believe that of what i and my family are accused of, not all is true." earlier i asked malaysian political analyst kean wong how this situation had arisen. well, of course it stems entirely at this stage from the huge scandal that we now refer to as the 1mdb wealth fund scandal, and according to the statement that was issued by the 1mdb task force, which consists of — including the current and previous anticorruption commission chiefs, it has to do with a subsidiary
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of 1mdb called src. this has to do with, allegedly, billions of dollars of misplaced money, or a heist, that i think most malaysians still find incredible, and find very difficult to forgive who they see as the main culprit, which is this former prime minister. and so the news over the last few weeks has been shocking. we've seen images of his homes being linked to him being raided, expensive handbags, jewellery to the tune of some $270 billion recovered. so how have people in malaysia been reacting to this? i think a lot of malaysians that i know, certainly across social media, in person, even across the campaign trail across the country, when i was covering the historic elections recently,
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find that the prime minister, the former prime minister, najib razak, was so disconnected from what many of them feel was their reality, and also making all sorts of statements which didn't connect with the reality on the ground. and i think this reallyjust nearly adds more outrage for them. right, so, in terms of outrage for them, we are going to have a judicial process next. do you expect this to be a fair trial? what can we expect to see in the next few weeks? if we were to take the new government of mohatir version two seriously, we are to be observing the rule of law,
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as opposed to rule by law, looking for the judiciary to show its independence, and i think to assume that the new government prosecution on this case will have it fairly watertight, and perhaps that's why they are going after imdb subsidiaries like src, somewhat ambitious, but certainly to secure a conviction. more now on our top story. as we've seen, the cave network that the boys are trapped in makes the rescue mission particularly complicated. our science correspondent, victoria gill, has been considering the options for getting them out safely. what was meant to be an adventure has become
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an international rescue mission. and what's not yet clear is just how that mission, to bring the 12 boys and their football coach safely to the surface, will be carried out. when the team walked into the entrance of the cave system on the 23rd ofjune, it was dry, but sudden heavy rainfall flooded unblocked narrow passageways. as their route to higher ground narrowed, they abandoned bikes and rucksacks. this is where british cave divers first reached them, two and a half miles from the entrance to the cave network. two options are being considered for their rescue, pumping water out of flooded passageways, and teaching the boys to scuba—dive their way out, an extremely risky swim through tight spaces and low visibility. a third option is waiting for water levels to subside, which, at the start of the rainy season, could take months. with even more heavy rain expected in the coming days, rescuers will have to decide on the best way out. you're watching newsday on the bbc.
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still to come on the programme: fears of a crackdown on press freedom in pakistan, just weeks ahead of the election. still to come on the programme: we meet a man on a mission, using his bamboo bike to promote his home town around the world. china marked its first day of rule in hong kong with a series of spectacular celebrations. a huge firework display was held in the former colony. the chinese president, jiang zemin, said unification was the start of a new era for hong kong. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly, that was cloned in a laboratory
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using a cell from another sheep. for the first time in 20 years, russian and american spacecraft have docked in orbit, at the start of a new era of cooperation in space. challenger powered past the bishop rock lighthouse at almost 50 knots, shattering a record that had stood for 34 years. and there was no hiding the sheer elation of richard branson and his crew. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. and i'm babita sharma here in london. our top stories. 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in thailand have received their first food and medical treatment for 10 days.
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former malaysian prime minister najib razak is due to be charged in the next few hours under anti—corru ption laws. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the china daily covers the rescue of the 12 boys trapped in a flooded thailand cave, showing a picture of elated family members after discovering the boys are alive. it also reports that chinese rescuers are among those who have dived into the cave to deliver supplies. here in singapore the strait times leads with the arrest of former malaysian prime minister najib razak a source at the malaysian anti—corruption comission has told the paper he could face 20 years injail if convicted. and the japan times leads on what it calls a "heart—breaking but satisfying" world cup. the nation's team lost to belgium
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3—2 in the 94th minute of its knock—out game. let's return to our top story — the mission to rescue 12 boys and their football coach, found alive deep within flooded caves in thailand. edd sorenson — a cave diving expert based in florida, with nearly 30 years experienmce — explained how difficult the rescue will be. i'm working on what information i have — i'm not there — they have a great team on the ground there, rick and his team, fantastic drivers. i, you know, iapplaud them for the amazing, you know, daring job that they did in finding the boys but there are just so many hazards there, it's so far back, high flow, low visibility — they're probably a couple of the worst things and the fact that none of these boys are diving—certified and cave diving
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is a completely different animal from just open water diving. is that why then, edd, it's going to take so long? i mean, there are some people saying it could take up to four months. do you think that's a fair estimate of time? well, there again, you know, i'm not there, we were standing by, rick got there and he did a fantasticjob. it just. .. it's hard to say without knowing how long the water—filled passages are, there's a lot of inherent dangers. i think the long—time stand was basically waiting out for the water to subside, which, you know, could be one of the safer ways to go, but i'm not going to speculate on that. sure. i mean, if the boys, as you said earlier, are needing to learn the skills to dive, how advanced would their diving need to be, and how long might that take in itself? well, there again, just to teach them to breathe through a regulator is not a huge undertaking. pakistan will hold general elections later this month, amid concerns that the army
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is cracking down on press freedom in an effort to influence the result. the military denies interfering in politics but one of the country's oldest newspapers has seen its distribution severely disrupted. secunder kermani reports. it is sam and tens of thousands of newspapers are on their way from markets like this to homes and offices across pakistan. for over a month, though, the country's most established english—language paper dawn has been unofficially banned from a number of districts controlled by the pakistani military. it began when they published an interview with the former prime minister apparently criticising the army for interfering in politics and not doing more to tackle militant groups. many in pakistan believe that the problems being faced by dawn are part of a wider clampdown on press freedom ahead of elections. they say the country's military is trying to manipulate the results before the voting has even started. we had something like 650 complaints across the country of people who are not receiving dawn, despite their insistence, because their distributors want to deliver it but they are being physically obstructed by the military.
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hameed haroon is the ceo of dawn and also head of the all pakistan newspapers society. what is occurring, in fact, is the decapitation of a political class, of political leadership, on the eve of the elections. the media is required to be silent about it under the guise of national security. and as a consequence, we are being targeted because we don't believe that kind of silence is what this country is all about. last year, former prime minister nawaz sharif was disqualified from office. he's now on trial for corruption. sharif‘s supporters and many analysts say his rivals, the military, forced him from power using the courts as a cover.
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the army denies that, but the journalists and outlets being targeted are those critical of the military. earlier this year, geo news was taken off air in large parts of pakistan, reappearing after reportedly agreeing to change its editorial stance. at the dawn newspaper offices, they are still printing copies and still reporting as before. but with just over three weeks until the elections, many in pakistan are nervous about what lies ahead. secunder kermani, bbc news, islamabad. from construction to medicine, bamboo is used for many purposes but one cyclist has found a particularly unique use for it. yakuza solo has travelled to more than 20 countries on a bamboo bicycle, and it's all in the name of promoting his hometown in the remote indian state of nagaland. rock music plays.
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people go crazy! like, when they see the bamboo bicycle for the first time, they would like, like, "oh! i have never seen this thing!" and theyjust love to take pictures of the bamboo bicycle first. curious people come up and ask me "what is this?" you know? "this is bamboo", you know? and then "where is it made?" you know? "it's a self—made bamboo bicycle made in nagaland", you know? then they will ask me "where is nagaland?" "it's in the north—east of india, like, really small state", and it gives me more opportunity to talk about nagaland, our culture, about things we eat. i started myjourney from nagaland,
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flew straight to amsterdam, travelled the length and breadth of europe. i'm taking nagaland to the rest of the world because of so many reasons. it's a beautiful place. people are beautiful here. we have rich culture and traditions. and it is rich at heart. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. we'll have more on malaysia's former prime minister najib razak‘s arrest and that investigation involving billions of dollars diverted from a state investment funds. and before we go, as
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we've been reporting, england have beaten colombia in the world cup. and if you thought the bbc nerwsroom was all about seriousness, listen to the reaction to the final goal while our colleague ros atkins was on—air. we are now in a situation where england score this goal, which i would love to sure you but we don't have the rights, they are through. and i think that means england are through. ok, england are through, general pandemonium and that is just here in the bbc newsroom. more world cup news coming up to you later. hello there.
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the weather story across the uk of late has been pretty dull and boring — we had to go to the football for some excitement, haven't we? in fact, yesterday, hardly a cloud in the sky again actoss much of the country, as depicted by north wales, but some subtle differences as we go through the day today. there'll be a little more cloud around for many of us and there may even be a chance of a shower. why? well, the high pressure isjust weakening its grip a little and it's allowing this plume of showery rain to push up from the south—west. they'll be very hit and miss and not everywhere will see them, but there is a risk of a few of those, and at the same time the north—easterly breeze will drag in more cloud across northern england and eastern england throughout the day. so here, that could just have an effect of this feel of the temperature, but let's take a look at these showers in a little more detail, circulating around that south—west area, but we might see one or two just pushing up into southern england as well. so that could be pretty tricky if you are heading off to wimbledon. there is a small chance — only a very small chance — of catching a shower
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but it's certainly worth bearing in mind. i suspect there'll be a little more cloud around and that, for some of you, may come as welcome news. so this is sw19 with cloudy skies overhead. just an outside chance of a shower, perhaps this is over—reading it a little bit. you really will be unlucky if you do catch one, but it's worth bearing in mind, particularly in comparison to the weather that we've seen of late. but in terms of the feel of things, despite a little more cloud and the risk of a shower, temperatures are still slightly above the average for the time of year, with 21—24 degrees. now, look at this as we move out of wednesday into thursday, we have got a weather front showing its hand in the far north—west. now, this will be interesting — not much in the way of rain on it but it is going to introduce a wind direction from a north—westerly and behind it, something a little bit fresher. so certainly on thursday, more cloud for northern ireland and for much of scotland, and a noticeable difference here to the feel of the weather. further south and east, we've still got that warmth and we lose the risk of few showers so temperatures are going to respond
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again back up to 29 degrees, as opposed to 15 or 19 degrees in the far north—west. now that weather front will drift out of the way and then high pressure building again from the south—west so things are going to quieten down as we move towards the weekend and if you do not believe me, let's have a look at the weekend story. friday and saturday, temperatures building and the sunshine set to return, highs of 29—30. take care. you are watching bbc news. our top story: food and medical supplies have been sent into the cave complex in thailand where 12 boys and their football coach have been trapped for ten days. a doctor and nurse were among a group of divers who've reached the group, which was cut off by rising floodwaters. the thai military says it won't risk the boys' safety with a hasty evacuation. the former malaysia prime minister najib razak is expected to be formally charged in the next few hours following the disappearance of billions of dollars from the public investment fund 1mdb. more high drama in moscow:
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england are through to the world cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2006. they beat colombia 11—3 on penalties. they'll face sweden on saturday at the samara arena. that's all. stay with bbc world news.
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